Sunday, June 7, 2009

A DNA Link between Diabetes and Obesity

There is no known reason for what causes diabetes.  There are certainly risk factors that
make the likelihood of you being diagnosed with the disease higher.  One of the only risk
factors that you have control over is your weight.  If you are obese, the single best thing
you can do for your health and the prevention of diabetes is to lose weight.  Even in small
increments, when you shed pounds you are increasing your health benefits.

These may be easier said than done.  There are new studies that are now showing that
there is a genetic factor or mutation for people who are obese and have diabetes.  This
genetic malfunction affects how the bodies use energy and insulin – two key elements in
the functioning of your body and the cause of diabetes and obesity.

The studies also state that this is not a cause and effect case.  If you carry this defective
gene you are not guaranteed to be obese or have diabetes.  But the link is there and it can
be prevented.  You may have to work harder at it than others to maintain a healthy body
weight and put off diabetes but it can be done.  Discuss with your doctor options and
ways to prevent or put-off the onset of diabetes.

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